26 October 2010
Roy Williams, who played with Kitna in Detroit has this to say about Jon Kitna.
"Tony is our starter, but Jon is just as good",said Williams, who enjoyed the best season of his professional career when Kitna started in Detroit. "We are going to work this week in practice so we can get the timing down with the receivers. But I have complete faith in him. I have played with him for three years and I know how good he is."
The last time Romo went down was in 2008 and the Cowboys limped through 3 weeks, losing to St.Louis and New York while Brad Johnson took over QB duties for the Cowboys. Now, truth be told, Kitna is not Brad Johnson, he is much better than that. Kitna has been under appreciated most of his career. While with the Lions, Kitna had over 4000 yards in both seasons and led the Lions to a 7-9 record in his second year, which was the same team that went 0-16 the next season with Kitna on IR. So, with some practice, Kitna should be able to get the ball to the receivers.
Kitna has played behind very bad offensive lines in the past and actually done well. Obviously we can't expect the Cowboys offensive line to improve their level of play and Kitna doesn't have the mobility demonstrated week in and week out by Romo. But can we believe that Kitna will be productive and the Cowboys will avoid being winless while Romo is out? The answer to that is yes. I do fear that because of Kitna's mobility issues, we might be writing an article about Stephen McGee fairly soon.
As I mentioned in the recap from last night, the Cowboys schedule gets brutal from this point out. Lets take a look at the next 6-8 games and yes, I realize on any given Sunday... so I don't need to hear that.
Jacksonville - a good possibility of getting a win.
@ Green Bay - probably a loss
@ NY Giants - probably a loss and I fear another hurt QB with that pass rush.
Detroit - they are a very tough bad team but we could manage a win
New Orleans on Thanksgiving - Tough game but with Bush back, Saints are a much better team.
@ Indy - Loss
Philadelphia - tough division rivalry and Philly might have a lot riding on it by that week.
Washington - They've been playing well and like Philly might have a lot riding on it.
So that's the 6-8 weeks that Romo will probably miss (a 3pm press conference by Philips today might shed more light on the Romo recovery time table) and I have them going 2-6, maybe 3-5 which puts them at 4-10 at best.At that point I'd let Romo sit the rest and focus on next season.
Should the Cowboys manage more wins than what I predicted here, you know Romo will get blamed for everything, that he's the one who was holding them back. We have to remember that sometimes, teams rally around the backup and play harder because they know they have a greater responsibilty for getting wins, instead of sitting back and letting the star QB take care of that.
So the answer to the title question isn't a black and white, yes or no question. On the surface, we as fans might want to say no but honestly, it will be up to the coaching staff and play calling to make Kitna a better QB and right now, Kitna is all we have and we HAVE to believe in him.
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